Wimbledon Eyes Iga Świątek For The Win

Written By Alec Cunningham on June 25, 2022
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The world’s top tennis stars face off in London for seven rounds of the year’s biggest tennis event, Wimbledon 2022.

When it comes to women’s singles, sportsbooks favor Polish superstar Iga Świątek for the win. But plenty of other players look to steal the show at this year’s illustrious grass-court event.

Iga Świątek favored in Wimbledon 2022

World No. 1 Iga Świątek is running hot on a 35-match win streak after winning the French Open earlier this June — a streak that hasn’t been seen since Venus Williams in 2000. Three more wins at Wimbledon and Świątek will claim the second-longest win streak in women’s tennis history in the past three decades. Steffi Graf is the only player with a longer win streak in that time, and she’s held strong to that streak since 1990 when she claimed 66 consecutive victories.

Świątek is a two-time French Open champion, but she’s yet to add a Wimbledon title to her name. The best she’s done at Wimbledon was a fourth-round finish last year, though she did claim the junior Wimbledon crown in 2018.

It’s important to note, however — competition transitions over to the grass turf of All England Club for this tournament rather than the clay courts Świątek is so fond of. Her win percentage on grass drops to only 50% compared to her 88% win percentage on clay.

Oddsmakers significantly favor Świątek for the win over the rest of the field. BetMGM gives her -200 odds of winning the first quarter of the draw. And while she opened with +1000 odds of an overall tournament win, her consistent popularity has led sportsbooks to adjust her lines to +150 odds of winning Wimbledon.

Women’s singles stars to watch

Ons Jabeur

Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur enters Wimbledon as the No. 3 seed. Her 2021 Wimbledon appearance earned her a quarterfinals exit against Aryna Sabalenka.

More recently, Jabeur claimed her second grass-court title last week at the Berlin Open. Before that, she claimed the throne at the clay-court Madrid Open, making her the only player aside from Świątek who’s already won multiple titles in 2022.

BetMGM gives her the second-best chance of walking away with the overall tournament title, situating her behind Świątek with +800 odds.

Cori Gauff

American Cori Gauff is also looking to make waves at Wimbledon after advancing all the way to the Berlin Open semifinals earlier this year. Before that, she fell to Świątek in the Roland Garros finals. The 18-year-old made it to Wimbledon’s fourth round in both 2019 and 2021. Her win percentage on grass is a substantial 70%.

She goes up against Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the first round, where she’s given -1200 odds of landing a win. BetMGM gives her +1200 odds of becoming Wimbledon’s newest tournament victor.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is making her way to the singles court for the first time since last year’s Wimbledon, which ended in a first-round leg injury for the star. Although she’s won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, she enters this year as an unseeded player. Her first match features a face-off against the 113th-ranked Harmony Tan. The legend only boasts a small lead against the young French player, though. Sportsbooks give Williams -375 odds of a win against Tan’s -270 odds.

When it comes to her overall tournament odds, she’s given +2000 odds of winning all seven rounds against her Wimbledon opponents.

The first round of Wimbledon 2022 competition gets underway Monday, June 27, and the women’s singles finals take place Saturday, July 9. Matches begin at 11 a.m. BST each day (6 a.m. ET) and can be streamed on ESPN.

Photo by AP / Mark J. Terrill
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